FORT MILL — The Fort Mill American Legion Post 43 baseball team has jumped off to a 2-0 start this week by picking up wins against Lancaster and Mint Hill, N.C.
Led by a strong presence on the mound, Post 43 was able to take advantage of four miscues in the field by Mint Hill to get a 6-4 win. Post 43 scored three runs in the top of the ninth to rally from a 4-3 deficit with the help of three hits and three Mint Hill errors.
“This was a big win against a strong program,” said Post 43 head coach Tom Skula.
Returning pitcher Josh Corley got the win on the hill after pitching three innings of relief, allowing just three hits while striking out five batters.
In the ninth inning, Post 43 had a one-out single by leadoff hitter Jake Windham to start the rally. His single was followed by a double from designated hitter Brett Netzer, which scored Windham to tie the game at 4-4.
An error by Mint Hill put Jaden Savage on base, and catcher Jake Tepper then singled-in Netzer, giving Fort Mill the 5-4 lead. Post 43 scattered 10 hits against the North Carolina squad.
Back-to-back errors by Mint Hill then allowed Tepper to score, giving Post 43 a two-run lead.
Corley finished the game in the bottom of the ninth for Fort Mill. Getting the start for Post 43 was Cole Avery, who came away with a no-decision after he had gone six innings and allowed three runs on four hits while walking three and striking out four.
In its season opener, Post 43 again had 10 hits to go with 10 runs as they beat Lancaster 10-4.
Lancaster took an early 1-0 lead off starter Josh Jones, but Post 43 came back to score eight runs in the first two innings.
Ardrey Kell’s Alex Endler went 2-4 for Post 43, and Justin Borland was 2-2 at the plate. Grant Fry had a key two-run single in the seventh for the win.
Tepper had two RBIs against Lancaster; Netzer, Savage and Chase Beaudry also nabbed RBIs.
Fort Mill Post 43 will look to continue its winning ways this week as the teams hits the road twice with games at Lancaster and Rock Hill.